Elderly Couple Killed In Mobile Home Fire In Sunnyvale; Dependent Adult Son Survives
SUNNYVALE (CBS SF) — An elderly couple were killed in a two-alarm fire at a Sunnyvale mobile home Thursday morning, while a dependent adult son survived after being rushed out of the burning unit by his father, fire officials said.
The fire at the mobile home in the 1000 block of Borregas Avenue was reported around 2 a.m., Sunnyvale Public Safety Capt. Carl Rushmeyer said.
Flames were coming out of all the windows at the home and the blaze was under control about 20 minutes later, he said.
A mentally-challenged man, who Rushmeyer estimated to be in his 40s, came out of the home and told fire crews he lived in the unit with his elderly parents.
Witness statements indicate the man’s father rushed his son out of the home and went back inside to help his girlfriend, Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Capt. Jeff Hunter said Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters were initially unable to enter the mobile home but later, Hunter told KCBS that they found two bodies located in the “rear bedroom hallway area.”
The unit was at the corner of the entrance to Cape Cod Village, a mobile home community for seniors ages 55 and older, Rushmeyer said.
The home was a complete loss to the fire, Rushmeyer said.
The American Red Cross was called to assist the man, Rushmeyer said.
The blaze did not spread to any other units at the mobile home community but excessive heat broke windows at a home next to the involved unit, according to Rushmeyer.
PG&E crews turned off gas and electricity to the involved unit by about 3:30 a.m., he said.
Only those three people lived in the trailer, which is a total loss, Hunter said. They had two cats, one of which was confirmed dead while the other is unaccounted for.
The blaze started in the kitchen and Hunter said it appears to have started with a cooking fire that got out of control, Hunter said.
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